Andy Slavitt, head of CMS, said the agency is seeing an activity surge.

(Bloomberg) — Ten days before a key Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) individual major medical coverage enrollment deadline, 2.84 million people have selected 2016 coverage through the HealthCare.gov public exchange enrollment system, officials said today.

During the week that ended Dec. 5, 804,338 people chose plans, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

That’s the biggest single week of sign-up activity since the HealthCare.gov markets opened Nov. 1.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the parent of CMS, uses HealthCare.gov to run PPACA exchange plan enrollment efforts in 38 states.

HHS will add millions of automatic plan renewals to the 2016 enrollment total sometime this month. The final total will also include millions of active plan selectors and people with automatically renewed coverage in California, New York and other states with state-based exchange programs.

Consumers have until Jan. 31 to sign up for 2016 individual major medical coverage without showing they qualify for a special enrollment period (SEP). But, in HealthCare.gov states and many other states, consumers who want to have 2016 major medical coverage in place on Jan. 1 must sign up by Dec. 15.

“We are now seeing a surge of interest as we get closer to the deadline,” Andy Slavitt, acting CMS administrator, said today during a conference call with reporters.

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Officials at CMS and HHS have said they hope to have about 10 million people enrolled in individual marketplace plans by the end of 2016. They expect to have 9.1 million people enrolled in exchange coverage at the end of 2015.

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